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Jodiann Beeson

Jodiann Beeson

Principal, Montessori-Inspired High School

Jodiann Beeson

Jodiann Beeson

Principal, Montessori-Inspired High School
jodiann.beeson@cottonwood.school

Jodiann Beeson is the proud Principal of The Cottonwood School. With expertise in small learning communities, developing and leading academies and project-based learning, Jodiann is privileged to be the learning leader of this groundbreaking school that is based on Montessori principles: experiential learning, entrepreneurial thinking and comprehensive interdisciplinary studies. Jodiann holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State University Fullerton, a Master’s from Chapman University, and an administrative credential from National University. With twenty-five years of experience as a teacher, head counselor, and administrator, Jodiann is now pursuing her doctorate at the University of the Pacific where innovation and design thinking are changing the way leaders lead and impact organizations.

Julie Haycock

Julie Haycock

Principal of Homestudy Program

Julie Haycock

Julie Haycock

Principal of Homestudy Program
julie@cottonwood.school

Crystal Mayer

Crystal Mayer

Teacher, English and Drama

Crystal Mayer

Crystal Mayer

Teacher, English and Drama
crystal.mayer@cottonwood.school

Crystal Mayer is excited to join The Cottonwood School community as an English and Drama teacher. Hailing from the Bay Area, Crystal has been teaching for almost 10 years in middle and high schools from Palo Alto to San Bruno. At her last school in San Mateo, Crystal spent much time exploring methods of teaching through such lenses as International Baccalaureate programming, Restorative Practices, and Gender Inclusion. Crystal has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and English and a credential and Masters in Curriculum from Notre Dame de Namur University. Crystal has enjoyed getting to know the community of El Dorado Hills and is eager to explore her student driven classroom at a Montessori-inspired school.

Christian Eidem

Christian Eidem

Teacher, Social Science

Christian Eidem

Christian Eidem

Teacher, Social Science
christian.eidem@cottonwood.school

Christian Eidem has benefited from a variety of educational approaches and settings, having attended Waldorf Schools during childhood and having taught at public, charter, and private schools in California, Alaska, and most recently Ukraine. He values fun and engaging lessons that cultivate a love of learning and excellence in critical thinking. When not teaching he spends his time gardening on the family homestead in Alaska. He received his B.A. in History and his teaching credential from Sacramento State. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in History

Jennene Bermodes

Jennene Bermodes

Teacher, Science

Jennene Bermodes

Jennene Bermodes

Teacher, Science
jennene.bermodes@cottonwood.school

Paul Irizarry

Paul Irizarry

Teacher, Math

Paul Irizarry

Paul Irizarry

Teacher, Math

Michelle Bliss

Michelle Bliss

Counselor

Michelle Bliss

Michelle Bliss

Counselor

Rose Clark

Rose Clark

Office Manager

Rose Clark

Rose Clark

Office Manager
rose.clark@cottonwood.school